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State’s Revenues Take Hit After Coronavirus Closures

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Bars and restaurants in Ohio closed on March 15, and the stay at home order took effect March 23. And the state is now starting to feel the financial effects of those and other restrictions imposed to halt the spread of coronavirus. Last month’s preliminary state revenue was down 10.5%… Read More

Dr. Amy Acton stands at the podium flanked by Gov. Mike DeWine and Lt. Gov. Jon Husted

Ohio Gets Medical Supplies from Feds, but Says They Won’t be Enough

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Ohio has gotten all that it’s likely to get from the National Strategic Stockpile of medical supplies – a plane dropped off gowns, gloves, coveralls, face shields, surgical masks and N-95 masks in Columbus Tuesday. But the state says it’s not enough for now or through the surge of COVID-19 patients that is expected in… Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine speaks at his daily press conference on coronavirus on March 22, 2020.

DeWine Extends Order to Close Ohio Schools Through May 1

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Gov. Mike DeWine has extended his order to close all Ohio K-12 schools from April 3 through May 1. And he’s hinting that another extension is possible. DeWine said he extended the order to give families a heads-up. “We want to take this kind of one chunk at a time, because we don’t know exactly where we’re… Read More

Battelle employees process N-95 masks in the Critical Care Decontamination System.

FDA Grants Battelle Request to Sterilize 80,000 N-95 Masks Per Machine Per Day

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The Food and Drug Administration has given the go-ahead to Columbus-based Battelle for its full request to sterilize 80,000 N-95 surgical masks per machine per day, after issuing a letter earlier in the day permitting far less. And it comes after pressure from Ohio officials. Ohio reported a total of 29 deaths from COVID-19 Sunday, up from… Read More

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Ohio Now Releasing Daily Numbers on Coronavirus Testing in Prisons

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Seventeen people have been tested for coronavirus in five Ohio prisons – 13 results were negative and the rest are pending, and those inmates are in isolation. Those numbers come from a new daily update that the state is now providing on testing in prisons and youth facilities. The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio… Read More

A box to drop off absentee ballots sits in the parking lot of the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections in Cleveland.

Lawmakers Extend Primary Absentee Voting, But Not Date Of Primary

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The bill that made some changes across state law related to coronavirus also set a new ending for the Ohio primary, after polling places were shut down just hours before election day. House Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) said one thing is clear – the primary wasn’t cancelled or postponed. “The primary has come and gone –… Read More

Senators are spaced apart for session. They're dressed casually at the suggestion of leadership, which noted that business attire may not be laundered as often as casual clothing.

Lawmakers Unanimously Pass Major Package of Changes For Coronavirus

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In a strong showing of unity, state lawmakers have unanimously passed a bill making a lot of changes in state law related to the response to coronavirus – but they stress that they’re only temporary. The package now goes on to Gov. Mike DeWine. Read highlights of the bill: Here are the highlights of the… Read More

Ohio Department of Job and Family Services

State Jobless Filings Will be Released Weekly, Not Daily, as Feds Demand

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The numbers of Ohioans filing for unemployment benefits are rising daily – so many that the state’s unemployment website was having trouble handling them. And the state is now clarifying why it will no longer do daily releases about how many people are filing jobless claims. For the first few days of shutdowns related to… Read More

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Order Coming to Limit Prescriptions of Drugs Touted as COVID-19 Treatments

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Gov. Mike DeWine says the state is limiting prescriptions of two drugs used for malaria and rheumatoid arthritis, after interest in those drugs spiked when President Trump tweeted out that they could be used to treatment COVID-19. DeWine noted the Ohio Pharmacy Board met in a Sunday phone session to discuss an increased demand for… Read More

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Ohio AG Says Jury Trials can be Suspended Because of Coronavirus Concerns

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The attorney general is advising Ohio’s courts that they can suspend jury trials to stop the spread of coronavirus. Attorney General Dave Yost’s opinion said courts may suspend jury trials for up to 270 days under state law in a pandemic emergency, because they could pose a health risk to jurors, to court personnel and to defendants…. Read More